Hawaii Calendar: June 2011

A look ahead to the happenings of the Hawaiian Islands By: Emily McManus
Taiko drummers perform at Oahu's Pan-Pacific Festival. // © 2011 Pan-Pacific Festival
Taiko drummers perform at Oahu's Pan-Pacific Festival. // © 2011 Pan-Pacific Festival

Spotlight: Oahu
June 10-12: Pan-Pacific Festival. The weekend festival celebrates the traditions and customs of Hawaii, the mainland U.S., Japan and other Pan Pacific regions with a hoolaulea (block party), hula festival and many cultural performances. Festivities culminate in the Pan Pacific parade from Fort DeRussy to Kapiolani Park in Waikiki.

Hawaii's Big Island

June 11: Kamehameha Festival. Every year, this festival features a number of performances, cultural presentations, Hawaiian chant competitions and a warrior exhibition. Coconut Island, Hilo.

June 12: Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. While strolling along Alii Drive, visitors can check out historic sites like the Mokuaikaua Church and Hulihee Palace. The event also features a free Hawaiian music concert in the evening. Historic Kailua Village, Kailua-Kona.

June 18: Volcano Historic Homes Tour. Visitors can take a guided tour of the area's historic homes and properties and learn stories about its past. Volcano Art Center Niaulani Campus, Volcano Village.

June 26: Kona Marathon and Family Fun Runs. The Kona Coast provides the backdrop for half-marathon, 10K and 5K running courses. Kids can join in on shorter fun runs. Participants can fuel up for the run at a dinner on June 25. Keauhou Beach Resort, Kailua-Kona.

June 5: The Taste of Hawaii. Nicknamed the ultimate Sunday brunch, this culinary experience features 50 of Hawaii's most distinguished chefs, various forms of live entertainment and a silent auction. Smith's Tropical Paradise, Kapaa. 808-783-1407

June 25: Red Clay Jazz Festival. This annual festival spotlights performances by a number of top jazz musicians. Kauai Lagoons, Lihue.

June 25: Mayor-A-Thon. This free event encourages health and fitness for island residents and visitors. Hundreds of participants come out to bicycle, run and take part in various activities. Kapaa Beach Park.

Maui County
June 9-12: Kapalua Wine and Food Festival. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Hawaii's oldest and most prestigious food and wine event brings together connoisseurs of excellent cuisine. Kapalua Resort, Kapalua.

June 11: Na Kamehameha Pau Parade and Hoolaulea. The colorful parade features horses decorated with exotic island flowers, marching bands and floats that honor King Kamehameha. Banyan Tree Park, Lahaina.

June 15-19: Maui Film Festival. This annual celebration showcases some of the best major, independent and short films of the summer. Along with screenings, the festival offers panel discussions, awards presentations, after-hour parties, hula dancing and culinary festivities. Wailea Resort and Maui Arts and Cultural Center in Kahului.

June 26: Ki Hoalu Festival. Hawaii's best slack-key guitar musicians perform Hawaii's famed style of strumming. Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului.

June 18-19: Waikiki Artfest. Showcasing the art of Hawaii, this monthly festival features fine art and handcrafted products from local artists. Kapiolani Park, Honolulu.

June 24-26: Ala Moana Dragon Boat Festival. Teams from around the world race in festive dragon boats and, at sunset, everyone settles in for family-friendly movies on a large outdoor screen. Ala Moana Park, Honolulu.
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